Does 0.999… = 1?

  • Does 0.999… = 1?

     Mark updated 1 month, 1 week ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Mark

    Organizer
    October 25, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Can unending decimals like 0.333… and 0.999… be static unchanging things containing an actual infinity of digits? If we closely examine the history of mathematics and if we object to the non-scientific assertions made in the name of mathematics, then perhaps one third cannot equal 0.333… and perhaps 0.999… can’t equal 1. Worse still, could the fact that our mathematicians readily accept the logic behind 0.999… = 1 mean that all of our science and technology is underpinned by a system (of mathematics) built entirely upon faith-based supernatural beliefs? See this video for an in-depth discussion of these points.

    https://youtu.be/GEU4IGjFvZY

  • David

    Member
    October 25, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    I think you should read the books on infinity by Peter Erickson. He addresses this same concept quite nicely. https://www.amazon.com/Nature-Infinitesimals-Peter-F-Erickson/dp/1479701823

    • Mark

      Organizer
      October 25, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Hi David,

      Thanks for taking the time to watch my video, I hope you enjoyed it. I had a quick look at that book and it appears to try to defend the concept of an ‘infinitesimal’ along with the so-called number line and other infinity-related concepts that, as you’ll have gathered from my video, I am strongly against due to them supposedly not relating to anything in physical reality.

      I find it bewildering that people can be fully aware that there are massive foundational problems in mathematics, and yet they are happy for it to continue. We have the bizarre situation where proofs depend on a consensus of opinion to determine if they are valid or not. If mathematics is a science then why don’t we insist that it is dependent on empirical evidence?

      Surely we invented mathematics to describe quantities and lengths in the real world. For example, we might describe two steps forward as +2 and three steps backwards as -3, and we can apply these plus and minus symbols to different scenarios, but they don’t take on their own mysterious meanings or their own existence. The expression ‘-3’ doesn’t have a valid meaning if we try to relate it to taking apples out of a bowl that initially has 2 apples in it. There should never be the need to use expressions like “the mystery of mathematics”. It should be a very straight forward set of ideas all of which can be drilled down to real world actions and objects.

      I find it staggering why I appear to be alone in my dismay. Our science and technology is propped up by this discipline that has a foundation of subjective make-believe opinions that sound like nonsense. The whole world should be up in arms about this and yet nobody appears to care. And if I try to tell anyone about it my comments get removed and I get banned from ever darkening their doors again.

      I can only assume that people find it comforting to believe that they can imagine infinite things and they enjoy the fact that there appears to be a lot of mystery at the heart of mathematics. And almost everyone wants to believe that they can conceive of non-physical concepts. Basically, humans appear to be pre-programmed to readily accept the supernatural in one form or another. So I guess I am the freak because I don’t see things the same way as everyone else. It seems so obvious to me what’s gone wrong. It’s not rocket science. You don’t have to be a genius to see the problems. It is everywhere in lots of simple arguments like what is 1 divided by 3. Why would anyone accept that ‘infinitely many non-zero terms’ makes any sense at all? And why would anyone believe that they can somehow ‘sum to a constant’. We indoctrinate people at a very young age with this rubbish and this is the only reason that I can think of why the situation prevails.

      Sorry about the rant, and thank you again for your interest.

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